Are Potty Training Underwear a Big Deal?

How important is Potty Training Underwear?

IMG_4569 (1)When I first started up with The Potty Fairy, I made “special” Potty Fairy underwear, thinking this would be a fun thing for toddlers when they potty training.  We designed a PF with a crown logo and the undies were super cute.  What I have learned since that time, is that children want to pick out his/her very own special potty training underwear and often times the pair of underwear they will pick-out will have a special design or character that your child relates to.   Besides a potty chair, potty training underwear is the most important things to purchase prior to beginning the potty training process. 

IMG_2939So although the PF undies are cute, most children will want to pick out underwear with characters or objects that they love. We have a Potty Fairy approved sticker for those of you who want to fully participate in The Potty Fairy enrichment to your method. Place the “Potty Fairy approved” sticker on your child’s underwear when you place them on the bed at night for the next morning when your child wakes up! Of course, they will be excited that the Potty Fairy left them during the night. 

We all like choices and we want what we want and this includes little children.  Choices make us feel motivated and positive about anything that we are getting involved with.  When we are preparing to do something challenging, choices helps us feel in control and in charge.  Giving your child the choice on what potty training underwear to select will provide that opportunity for your child and will give him/her some “buy-in” to the potty training process.  Bring them shopping and it makes it a special day as you get what you need for potty training including special underwear. This will be motivating for your child. 

Of course, you will want to have your child select underwear that you believe is a quality and type that you believe will work best for your child.  Let them select from the ones that you approve prior to shopping and guide them through the process.  Avoid diaper like training pants as a child will think they can continue to use them as a diaper! Pull-ups are not helpful in potty training as if the child has an accident, the pull-up does not make the child feel wet and your child will not feel the consequences of having an accident. Some people like training pants which are a little thicker and absorbent and training pants do not act like a diaper.  The training pants are designed so that the child will feel wet and uncomfortable but will guard the child’s clothing from getting wet.

In the beginning stages of potty training you may want to let your child wear their underwear, but for overnight and long drives in the care or similar situations, you may want to put a diaper on over the underwear in case of an accident.   Your child will see that they have had an accident as their new underwear is wet,  but their clothing won’t need to be changed.

Training pants are different from regular underwear as they are a bit thicker and will help in case of an accident. If you decide you want to use training pants, the cloth cotton training pants are thicker than regular underwear or panties and there is extra padding in the crotch area where an accident may occur.  They come in:

  • a variety of colors and designs for boys and girls.
  • a variety of sizes. 
  • very easy to pull up and down for potty training.

In addition, waterproof pull-on pants can be purchased to put over the cloth underwear in case of an accident. The waterproof pull-on pants will help protect your furniture and floors from getting wet when they do have an accident. The waterproof pull-on pants will protect should the child have an accident while on an outing, as well as during the daytime.

There are also training pants with a “pocket” opening so that you can add additional material to add additional absorbency for overnight or if traveling.  Parents have told me that they believe that their child was more apt to wet their pants as they felt like diapers when using this type of underpants.

One mom even told me that her child did not train using “tighty whiteys” underwear and she felt that this style was too much like a diaper for her child.  She struggled potty training her son when using “tighty whiteys”  and when she put him in boxer underwear he trained quickly as there was no room for error.

Many people have concluded that training pants need to be much like real underwear in order for proper potty training to happen.  This means your child should be able to pull them up and down easily.  Get the cutest underwear that you can find so your child wants to wear them and so they do not want to mess them up.

Many daycares are recommending to parents to go straight to regular underwear when you are ready to potty train.  Just remember that underwear is a BIG deal to a child and you want to let them pick them out.

In “The Potty Fairy” story, the potty fairies deliver the underwear at night and leave them on the bed for the child to find in the morning.  This concept adds some imaginative play to the process and excitement! We all love special deliveries!IMG_7157- front cover of bookThe Potty Fairy

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Potty Training Made Easy!

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Guest blogger, Sirri McNeil posted a blog about The Potty Fairy today on her blogsite.  We are featuring her article on AskThePottyFairy.blog as she shares a positive, light-hearted message about The Potty Fairy and potty training. Thank you for your positive thoughts about The Potty Fairy Sirri!

Here is Sirri’s thoughts about potty training and The Potty Fairy:

Potty Training, the exhausting, messy, adventure that all parents know too well.

There are so many different routes you can take when it comes to potty training. The key is finding what works for your little one. Keep in mind no matter how or when you decide to potty train it’s going to give you a headache. There will be accidents, crying, fit throwing, screaming, tantrums on the floor, and that’s just you.

Since Potty training can be so stressful what better way to start the adventure of potty training, than with a little magical fun? We all know there is nothing glamorous about potty training so why not try to make the best of it. Having the right tools on hand is definitely important in starting the journey of kicking diapers to the curb.

Something that worked for my son was always having a couple of good potty training books for him.

Books that explained to him the ups and downs of learning to use the big potty. This gave him something to read while sitting on his potty and he would actually look forward to using the potty so he could read his special books.

This product was given to me for free – regardless all thoughts and reviews are my own.

The Potty Fairy is an adorable website that offers a bit of help to your kiddos. With a downloadable book, songs, potty training underwear to a blog on the website with tons of information for parents. The Potty Fairy has it all.

The Potty Fairy is in a way like the tooth fairy, a fun, magical way to help your child’s potty training journey. The potty fairies offer support and fun for your child.

So, go ahead and purchase your extremely affordable book, a very large cup of coffee, and dive in!

Head to The Potty Fairy website if you want to check out this adorable book! www.thepottyfairy.com

 

A Boy, A Mom and The Potty Fairy

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Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend.  It is a day that we set aside to honor and thank our moms for all the love and care they have given us.   We plan a special meal or we get a gift or flowers, maybe a card, but we let our moms know how much we appreciate them in our own way.  We are preparing for Mother’s Day too and to help us celebrate we want to introduce you to a special mom.

The AskThePottyFairy.blog post for this week will highlight a special mom, Jasmine, her son Cameron and their experience with The Potty Fairy.   The “Hello To the Potty Fairy!” is a blog post written by Jasmine and she shares her experience with The Potty Fairy.   We say “Hello to Jasmine and Cameron”.

Hello To The Potty Fairy!

As some of you may know, one of my biggest struggles of motherhood so far has been potty training. The last time I shared Cam’s progress with you guys we were off to a better start. He was going and I was becoming consistent with the process. His daycare even seemed to be helping out more.

Well, I’m a little disappointed to say that things have changed. Again. This time around we is kind of back where we started. He still tells me sometimes that he has to go but it isn’t often. I know he knows when he has to go; however being able to put it into words is apart of the learning process, so that is great that he’s still telling me.

His school has not been very helpful lately, it seems as though they are using the pull-ups we give them like diapers. We’ve had multiple talks with his teachers about how he uses the potty at home, so it really bothers me that he isn’t going at all when he’s at daycare.

And the biggest frustration of the potty training dilemma…

Cam still BARELY does number two in the potty! When he does number two in his pull-up or underwear, I try my best to explain to him that we potty and poop in the pot (or the toilet). I show him where the right places to go are, and I have him repeat it back to me and show me where he is supposed to potty.

I know that I’m not innocent, I have a lot of work to do myself as well.I don’t ask him if he has to potty often. You know the term, consistency is key, that is definitely key when it comes to potty training.

However all hope has NOT been lost, thanks to … The Potty Fairy! 

If you’re struggling with potty training your little one, then The Potty Fairy Blog is just for you. It has all the tips and tricks that you need for potty training, including The Fast Track Method which was, of course, my favorite post. Actually, I think my favorite post was the one about pooping in the pot, but you catch my drift.

This blog is perfect if you are in the middle of potty training and are feeling a bit overwhelmed. There’s even a book (I-pad and Kindle edition) and a CD with The Potty Fairy song for you to play your little one. How awesome is that? Of course, I had to buy the book for my son and we it read together. If you’re anything like me right now, this book and the blog is definitely a necessity to your potty training process. 

So take it from me and go check out this awesome site yourself, there are tons of tips and tricks to help you along your Potty Training Journey with your little one.

This has been perfect for my son and me on our potty training journey, I know it’ll be perfect for you too!

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The book can be purchased at www.thepottyfairy.com

If you would like a portion of proceeds to go to Jasmine and Cameron just type in the code JBook during the purchase, and if you want to purchase the CD for extra fun and singing just type in the code JCD. 

Potty Training Around the World

Kids around EarthAround the world, 50% of children are potty trained by 12 months.  This is not typical in the United States where we wait for the child to get much older before potty training. Typical ages in the United States are 2 and 1/2 for girls and 3 years for boys. So is potty training a child development issue or is it more of a cultural issue?  Let’s take a look.

Parents the world over share the challenge of potty training and look forward to having a clean and dry baby who goes to the potty in an appropriate manner. Different cultures, as well as different families, have diverse expectations of what an infant or a toddler should be doing at any given stage of development, and potty training is no exception.

In the United States, since the late 1950s, when the washing machine was found in most homes,  and the disposable diapers became available, potty training children were most often started later in a child’s early childhood years.  The convenience of the washing machine and disposable diapers and child psychologist, Dr. Brazelton, who changed the age of a child potty training from 12 months to 3 years, modified potty training in the United States. Since the 1950s potty training, a child later and later in childhood has grown.  Companies that make disposable diapers produce larger and larger diapers to support the idea of potty training a child later in childhood.  We are getting more and more comfortable waiting a long time before potty training U.S. children.

However, the United States also has a diverse population, who embraces several different approaches to potty training. Different methods are available and the parent decides what works best for their child and family. Although the majority of U.S. parents watch for signs of readiness and then let their toddler set the pace. Parents often use special children’s books, games, and potty chairs to encourage their child’s cooperation and progress with potty training. They may also use positive reinforcement techniques such as rewards to get results. Most children are completely potty-trained between the ages of 2 to 3 years old.

Some unique ideas from around the world regarding potty training:

Kids in China wear a onesie-style outfit with a split crotch. If a kid indicates that they need to go to the bathroom, the parents open up the slit and hold the child away from themselves and the kids go on the ground. It doesn’t seem to matter where they are or what they were doing.

In Germany, kids are potty trained by age 3 because it is a requirement for starting school. Germans emphasize cleanliness in the potty training process and boys and girls are taught to sit down on the potty as it is considered cleaner.

In the Netherlands children are potty trained between 2-3 years old in groups at daycare. There are little toilets and pots that all the kids use together, then they fill out sticker charts. Parents and daycare providers work together when the kids are ready and the process goes smoothly. Kids must be trained by age four before they start school full time.

In rural Indonesia, potty training isn’t even a word. Diapers are expensive and babies are free to urinate wherever they are standing or placed. Mothers and grandmothers just do a swift clean-up after.

In Pakistan, kids are free to run around and pee wherever they want. Moms give them a bath at night to clean them up, the children wear diapers at night when they sleep and in the morning, the diapers are taken off and the children are ready for the day. Eventually, they learn to recognize the urge and use the toilet.

In Sudan, potty training is done early. It helps that these mothers carry their babies on their backs often, so they either must figure out how to read their baby’s signals. By age 2, most kids are potty trained, except those who can afford diapers.

In Kenya and Tanzania, parents start potty training infants when they are a few weeks old. Since there is nearly always someone tending babies, they are able to immediately respond to the signs of discomfort. Babies who need to eliminate are taken outside and held over the ground in an appropriate place. By the time children in Kenya and Tanzania are 5 or 6 months old, they stay dry throughout the day and night.

In India, potty training starts when a child is about 6 months old. At frequent intervals, caregivers hold babies above the latrine and toddlers are left to walk around diaperless and only wearing a shirt.  The children are praised for remaining clean and dry. The children are usually completely potty trained by the time they are 14 months old.

In Finland and many other Northern European countries, kids are routinely held over the potty after every meal from infancy onward.  Many European countries tend to leave potty training completion until about 2 years old. The older European generation believes children should be potty trained by 6 months.

Overall, it appears that culture certainly has an impact on the potty training process around the world.  In the United States, there is more diversity in the approach and method for potty training.  There also appears to be more products available for potty training.  Multiple methods provide for differentiated approaches for parents to choose from according to the family lifestyle and a child’s personality and temperament.   Ideas from around the globe are incorporated into many of the potty training methods used by United States parents.

The Potty Fairy enhances and enriches all methods of potty training.  Including the Potty Fairy in your potty training program adds a fun and imaginative approach to any method you to choose to use. The Potty Fairy

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